Any WSB parts here? Credit: Steve Thornton BMW will compete on the World Superbike stage in 2009, using a completely new four-cylinder, 1,000 cc motorcycle. The bike will be developed during the 2008 season. No word yet on riders, but the company will partner with Technik GmbH of Germany, which has experience in development and … Continue reading BMW in WSB '09
From the Moto GP front, some interesting changes for 2008 – and surprising ones, clearly riders jumping ship looking for more money, and in some cases, factories desperate for proven talent paying way more money … Capirossi moving to Suzuki. credit:motogp.com At Ducati, world champions for both rider and manufacturer this year (and what a … Continue reading Moto GP ? Rookies everywhere!
Parts Canada Superbike champion Jordan Szoke’s father told CMG the other day that Jordan would be in Valencia and was slated for a Monday test ride on Kawasaki’s Moto GP machine, with possible wild card rides in Moto GP or WSB in 2008/9! Jordan’s double titles in Canada the last two years have made him … Continue reading Szoke and Moto GP?
Pedrosa got pole but finished third in the race and the series. credit: motogp.com Casey Stoner and his Ducati clubbed everyone else over the head again (yawn) at Sepang in Malaysia last weekend. Spanish wicked midget Dani Pedrosa had pole on his factory Repsol Honda and eventually finished third – and although the first three, … Continue reading Sepang Moto GP wrap up
Canuck Frank Trombino third in standings. Not quite the same as Moto GP … Moto ST is the U.S. endurance racing series for twin-cylinder motorcycles. The last race of the first full season took place at Daytona last weekend, with the Roadracingworld.com Suzuki SV1000S of Chris Ulrich, Cory West, and Gary Mason sharing the … Continue reading Moto ST in Daytona
Mark at the recent Shannonville finals. Credit: Rob MacLennan Mark had been a well-liked and respected member of the motorcycle community for his entire business life and was a dedicated member of the 125 cc GP racing community for most of the last three decades. Known at the track for a never-say-die attitude and … Continue reading RIP Ontario racer Mark White
Stoner leads Hayden, Rossi, Capirossi in Oz. Credit: motogp.com The only rider who could stay with Stoner was 2006 world champion Nicky Hayden on his factory Repsol Honda, but just before half-distance his engine started to tighten up, then a huge puff of smoke signaled an unusual engine failure (a dropped valve was diagnosed) … Continue reading MotoGP Philip Island results
Rossi and Stoner took the Oz-portunity at Philip Island’s Moto GP party to show off new helmet designs. Rossi’s AGV leans heavily on hand-painted aboriginal art, with the sun and moon symbols prominently displayed. Stoner’s new Nolan features a cartoonish kangaroo riding a Duck.
I often wonder after competing in a race weekend, that if I had known ahead of time everything that would happen that weekend, would I still have gone out? I guess not knowing must be one of the draws …
However, there are tracks to which I’d just as soon give a miss, and consequences I’d just as soon avoid (such as the inevitable family consequences of too many summer weekends not doing things around the house …) Therefore, my vintage racing is usually reserved for two events per year at the Shannonville Quinte TT and the Vintage Festival at Mosport .